Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The Entire Combustible World In One Small Room - Don Dixon

We'll continue with our week-long look at a few of today's artists that you may not be familiar with. Don Dixon is a name many of you know from the credits on many pop albums dating from the 1980s up through today. Don Dixon has worn just about every hat available in the music business: singer and songwriter, musician and arranger, performer and producer. Dixon got his start in music as the bass player and songwriter in the band Arrogance, a regional band from North Carolina. From around 1970 through 1980 Arrogance had a strong, almost cult, following in North Carolina and released half a dozen albums. After the band went their own ways Dixon decided to try his hand at producing albums for other artists and writing the jangle pop that he has come to represent. His song "I Can Hear The River" became a gold record for Joe Cocker and co-wrote the song "Time and Time Again" with the Counting Crows. As a producer Dixon has worked with REM, James McMurtry, Hootie and the Blowfish, Kim Carnes, The Smithereens, Chris Stamey, Fetchin Bones, Marti Jones (Dixon's wife), Mike Cross, The Red Clay Ramblers, and dozens of others. As busy as that sounds, he has also released 9 albums of his own since 1985. Dixon also found the time to play bass on Mary Chapin Carpenter's #1 single "Shut Up And Kiss Me." His own recordings have had success on independent and college radio, starting with "Praying Mantis" and "Follow You All Over the World" in the 1980s.

This past summer Don Dixon released his latest collection of songwriting gems entitled "The Entire Combustible World In One Small Room". While I am not a big fan of jangle pop or the alternative rock that it evolved into, I do appreciate good songwriting and arrangements and this album shines with wonderful examples of both.

Don Dixon - The Night That Otis Died.mp3

Don Dixon - Invisible and Free.mp3

For more info on Don Dixon visit
"The Entire Combustible World in One Small Room" is available from CD Baby and


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